Why can you move the derivatives as like the denominator and numerators of a division

for example. if a = dv/dt then why is dv = a * dt a correct representation

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- Aug 10th 2009, 11:26 AMf24u7Question about the basics of calculus
Why can you move the derivatives as like the denominator and numerators of a division

for example. if a = dv/dt then why is dv = a * dt a correct representation

Thanks - Aug 10th 2009, 11:50 AMtom@ballooncalculus
Because the chain rule results in a product, and the manipulation you describe is a way of handling substitutions that enable us to work backwards through the chain rule. Hence the utility of the fractional notation. But (at least at the level of ordinary single variable calculus) we can always (and often prefer to) use other notations. You may be interested in a related discussion here: http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...rmulas-dx.html

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